ORLANDO – Noor Salman told federal investigators that her husband, Omar Mateen, showed her a photo of Pulse on his computer less than two days before he opened fire inside the Orlando nightclub, killing 49 people and injuring dozens more.
But government forensic experts have not been able to find evidence of the photo on his devices, Salman’s defense attorneys wrote in a motion that was made public Monday.
They think Mateen may have been browsing the web in incognito mode, which would not keep a record of the sites he visited, the defense said in its motion.
Law enforcement questioned Salman over a period of 16 hours early June 12, 2016, after they identified Mateen at the shooter. She apparently told them he showed her a picture of the club on June 10, records show.
Trial in March
Previously released court records show that Salman told investigators Mateen asked her, “How bad would it be if a club got attacked?” about a week beforehand. Mateen was killed in a shootout with law enforcement three hours after he began shooting in the gay nightclub south of downtown Orlando.
Both a U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman and Salman’s attorney declined to comment Monday.
Salman was arrested in January and faces charges of providing material support to a terrorist and tampering with evidence. She is in custody until her trial, which is scheduled for March.